Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system splits your home into two (or more) zones which are altered by an individual thermostat. Are some rooms in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that may play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling works using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow through your entire home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to better customize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are linked to a control panel that operates your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to note the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled every light in your home with one switch. That would be highly inefficient and impractical. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are usually mapped out by determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are appropriately insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some standard architectural features that cause this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a separate thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you on bills, but it can keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re buying a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our professionals are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our team is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 641-753-3563.